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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militants have managed to recapture a part of Yarmouk Camp in Damascus from terrorists of the Islamic State group.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

The situation in Yarmouk Camp by March 21, 2017. Blue areas show territories, repulsed from the IS

Militants of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist alliance have sharply intensified their attacks in the south of Damascus. On Monday, HTS militants launched an offensive on positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Yarmouk Camp.

HTS terrorists managed to knock out their competitors from Safuria Street, located in the north of the former Palestinian camp, but IS fighters counterattacked. On the morning of Tuesday the fighting in Yarmuk continued.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

Photos, taken by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in the territories, recaptured from the IS

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

Photos, taken by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in the territories, recaptured from the IS

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

Photos, taken by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in the territories, recaptured from the IS

At the same time, Islamist militants also became active in the vicinity of the Qalamun Mountains. The joined forces of the Ahmad al-Abdo, Al-Sud al-Sharqiya and Jaysh al-Islam groups launched an attack on a former battalion base, located on the eastern flanks of the mountains and occupied by IS terrorists. During the clashes, militants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) managed to capture the Al-Nakab height, obtaining fire control over the surrounding areas.

Militants attack the former battalion base in the Qalamun Mountains

On Tuesday, HTS militants launched an attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus, storming positions of the Syrian Army in Jobar.

The fighting was started at dawn with an attack of vehicles, controlled by suicide bombers, in the western sector of Jobar, near the area of Al-Abbasiyyin. After that, intense clashes occurred, during which terrorists attempted to infiltrate in the direction of Isar-Abbasiyyin. Jihadists once again intend to repel the Albamar garages, electrotechnical base and Mercedes store in Al-Abbasiyyin.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Recaptures Part of Yarmouk Camp in South of Damascus from ISIS

Fierce fighting is ongoing in the area of Al-Qaboun. The forces of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and Faylak Ar Rahman managed for short time to reunite two Islamist enclaves in the industrial sector of Jobar.

The attack of Ahrar al-Sham militants in Jobar

However, this success was short-lived. Government troops repulsed all the attacks of jihadists and regained control over previously lost areas.

The Syrian Armed Forces fight in the area of Jobar

Over the past day, 15 servicemen of the 105th and 106th Brigades of the Republican Guard lost their lives. There also are large losses in the 4th Mechanized Infantry Division.

In total, 72 servicemen of the Syrian Armed Forces were killed yesterday. The militants’ losses, which they sustained mainly by missile fire, are estimated at 100 people.

At a critical moment, the Command of government troops resorted to extreme measures. Two Tochka-U short-range ballistic missiles were launched on the place of the breakthrough in order to stop the terrorists’ offensive.

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